By Satyajit RAY


Drama - Completed 1966

Nayak is both a criticism and insight into the Bengali film industry primarily through a successful but self-doubting movie star idol. Through his crisis and self-examination the film deftly reveals the true nature of the movie industry - its focus on lightweight escapist fare, commercialism.

    • Year of production
    • 1966
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Satyajit RAY
    • Producer(s)
    • Rd BANSAL
    • Synopsis
    • Unable to find any available flight, Arindam, a famous actor of popular Bengali movies, is forced to take a train to receive an award in New Delhi. On the train, everyone recognizes him, from a cranky old man that disapproves of his drinking to a fawning mother and daughter who share a cabin with him. However it is Aditi (Sharmila Tagore), journalist from a serious woman magazine who catches his attention. Lucidly, and critical of the function of a star, she interrogates him and compels him to re-examine his life. Through the bond that develops between them, the hero reviews his actor’s life, his moments of strength and moments of crisis, and is stricken by doubt. In the end, the journalist chooses to suppress the confidences the hero has revealed in order to allow him to preserve his public image.